Second Gursharan Singh Memorial Lecture

The Second Annual Gursharan Singh Memorial Lecture will be delivered on September 1, 2013 by Dr. Navsharan and Prof. Atui Sood at 1.30 pm at the PICS Seniors Housing Society – Guru Nanak Niwas, 12075-75A Avenue, Surrey.
The topic of the lecture this year is PEOPLE’S STRUGGLES iN NEOLIBERAL INDIA.

Dr. Navsharan will address the issues of state repression which not only continues but grows as people struggle for justice, the intensification of sexual violence as a means of patriarchal and state repression, the impunity that sanctions this violencel and the emergence of the women’s movement as a leading force in people’s struggles.

Prof. Atul Sood will focus on the politics behind public policy in india today as the state’s neoliberal agenda is confronted by people’s demands for various rights and entitlements.

Dr. Navsharan is a long-time activist in women’s and human rights movements and has written extensively on related issues. She is a daughter of Gursharan Singh, the legendary Punjabi dramatist, and has been a core member ot his theatre company, Amritsar Natak Kala Kendra. She currently works with International Development Research Centre, Canada1 in New Delhi.

Prof. Atul Sood teaches at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He has done considerable research on Punjab and is currently concerned with development issues in India, particularly in regard to the effect of neoliberal policies on uneven social and economic regional development. He has recently edited the critically acclaimed book, POVERTY AMIDST PLENTY: ESSAYS ON THE TRAJECTORY OF DEVELOPMENT IN GUJARAT.

The Gursharan Singh Memorial Lecture was instituted by Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation in memory of Bhaji Gursharan Singh as a part of its mission of South Asian advancement. Its objective is to create a space in the South Asian community for public discussion of issues of concern to South Asians and the South Asian diaspora. Prof.

Hari Sharma and Bhaji Gursharan Singh shared a common passion for social justice, human rights1 and the welfare of the people of South Asia. The lecture is organized by Gursharan Singh Memorial Lecture Committee.

For more information Contact: Harinder Mahil 604-761-9235, Charan Gill 604-834-4088, Sadhu Binning 604-437-9014, Makhan Tut 604-771-2503